A prominent Thunder Bay lawyer, Peter Mrowiec, 58, was killed Thursday in a plane crash while flying in bad weather in Utah.

Mrowiec was one of two people killed when a single-engine aircraft crashed and burst into flames late Thursday afternoon near the town of Nephi.

Juab County sheriff Alden Orme told CBC News the plane crashed in bad weather.

"Some real heavy, strong winds, and accompanied by some heavy rainstorms. Information we obtained from witnesses -- they believe the plane was trying to make a turn, and the winds affected the flight and it crashed," Orme said.

Orme said Mrowiec was in the process of buying the aircraft, and had hired an instructor to gain experience with it.

The city's legal community is shocked and saddened by the news, said Roy Karlstedt, president of the Thunder Bay Law Association.

"Initially, I didn't believe it, and then I was just aghast at the whole idea. Mr. Mrowiec was a marvelous person. He was a very well respected member of our local bar. As far as I can see, there's been a hole rent in the fabric of our community," Karlstedt said.

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the accident.